Two of my favorite parts of homeschooling are Poetry Teatimes and Party School. Truly, we love any excuse to have a party at our house. Poetry Teatimes can be as simple as reading a few poems at the table with a snack and a drink of choice. But, we have found it to be much more enjoyable if we host a Poetry Teatime with other families. Here are three ways to host a Poetry Teatime that is not only fun but an excellent way to infuse some enchantment into your homeschool.
Host a Poetry Teatime with a Theme
A great theme will get your kids excited even before the tea party begins. Topics can be related to a book you are reading, a national holiday, even a birthday. Some of the most fun we have had hosting Poetry Teatime has been with crazy themes which allow the children to pick poems that they enjoy reading.
Most recently we hosted a Poetry Teatime in honor of Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. We invited families from our homeschooling group to a Poetry Teatime at our local library. The food was based on characters from Dahl’s books. The children were encouraged to bring any poem they wished to share, though most chose Roald Dahl poems.
We have also celebrated Dr. Seuss Day (March 2) with a Dr. Seuss Poetry Teatime. My oldest had a Cindy Lou Who hairdo and the youngest wore a Cat in the Hat shirt. They had snacks of green eggs and ham with their tea and read from Dr. Seuss books.
Host a Poetry Teatime via Facetime
One of our favorite ways to host a Poetry Teatime is via Facetime. Our cousins are homeschoolers in another state which prevents us from spending as much time with them as we would like. One way we have circumvented our long-distance relationship is to connect through our iPads for Facetime Teatime. Each family prepares snacks and tea. Then the girls call each other and read their favorite poetry of the week.
Host a Poetry Teatime at a Tea Room
If you have the opportunity to host a Poetry Teatime at a tea room, I highly recommend it. The girls were immensely excited to dress up and don tea parlor hats. They sampled different teas, scones, finger sandwiches and English biscuits. They recited poems and were thrilled to have their picture made with the queen. Before our trip to the tea parlor, the girls would usually choose lemonade or hot cocoa with their teatime snacks. Being able to try different types of teas, prepared by professionals, broadened their tastes. Now, they insist on taking their tea with sugar and cream. It is nearly a daily requirement.
There are many great Poetry Teatime Resources and ideas available. There is even a website dedicated to Poetry Teatime. Do you host a Poetry Teatime at home or with others? What have you planned to bring some enchantment into your day?